December 2018

Serve Our Community on a Citizen Board or Commission

When we say we couldn’t do it without you, we mean it!

The City relies on citizen volunteers to review, consider and make recommendations on many things: our parks and recreation programs ... our library ... historic preservation ... the needs of our senior citizens. Do you have a special interest, and are you willing to help?

Puyallup residents interested in serving in a volunteer capacity on a board or commission are encouraged to submit an application. Positions are currently open or will open soon for the following:

  • Arts and Culture Commission
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Council Salary Review Commission
  • Design Review and Historic Preservation Board
  • Library Board
  • Parks and Recreation Board
  • Senior Advisory Board
Want to know about the purpose and duties of each board or commission? You can find that information here. Applications must be submitted via the online application no later than 5:00 p.m., on Monday, January 28th.  For questions or additional information, please contact City Clerk Mary Winter at (253) 841-5480 or by email at

December Events at the Pavilion 

Holiday parties and events were the primary bookings at the Pioneer Park Pavilion in the month of December. Events included holiday parties for Potelco, the “Behind the Badge” Foundation, Puyallup High School football banquet, Lexus/Jaguar car dealerships, Pierce County SWAT 20th anniversary, SEFNCO, Coastal Pacific Food Distributors and the very popular Puyallup Activity Center’s holiday luncheon.

On December 1st, Puyallup Main Street Association’s Holiday Market was held at the Pavilion in conjunction with the Santa Parade and Holiday Tree Lighting event in Pioneer Park. Puyallup Recreation also held its Santa Breakfast in the Pavilion, which is always a very popular annual tradition for families to kick off the holiday season and, of course, make special gift requests of Santa!

In addition, the Pavilion hosted a beautiful wedding, the Miles Sand & Gravel employee insurance meeting, a first birthday party, the Rogers High School JROTC Ball, and a rockin’ 50th birthday party.

Breakfast with Santa

A family tradition, Breakfast with Santa, was held at the Pioneer Park Pavilion on December 8th from 9:30-11:00 am. Everyone enjoyed a warm breakfast buffet, crafts and games for the kids, a cookie decorating station, and even dancing in the snow with Frosty and Rudolph! Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa’s sleigh made for a cherished Christmas keepsake.
Santa breakfast 1
Santa Breakfast 2

Daddy Daughter Dance—Coming Up

Create a treasured memory with the girl in your life at our Daddy Daughter Dance. All father figures are invited to attend this Puyallup tradition designed to bring dads and daughters together for a night of fun. This dance features a live DJ playing kid friendly hits, light refreshments and a professional photographer. There are two dances to choose from. Space is limited so be sure to register early and make this a night to remember!

When: Saturday, February 2, 3:00-5:00 pm or 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Pioneer Park Pavilion
Fee: $25 per couple, $10 each additional daughter

Puyallup Police Department Shop with a Cop

The Puyallup Police Department celebrated #shopwithacop on December 19th. This annual event is a special one! Deserving students are paired with officers and treated to a day of shopping, food and fun. It not only celebrates the students and allows them to purchase a little something special for themselves and their families, but also gives the officers an opportunity to connect with kids in a positive light. A huge thank you to the employees of Best Buy who pitched in and donated gift cards for each student, to Mod Pizza who treated the kids to a delicious lunch and to Fred Meyer who is always a proud supporter of this event. We also want to thank Mackenzie Architecture who donated toys for all the kids too! Our hearts are full!
Shop with a Cop

Introduction to Ballet and Tap

Young dancers at the Puyallup Recreation Center put on a demonstration of the skills they learned in the six-week Introduction to Ballet and Introduction to Tap classes which run year-round. The students learn to follow directions while practicing and perfecting basic steps and moves that are key building blocks to more complex dances they may attempt as they get older.  More importantly, they had fun learning this beautiful art form.

Christmas Cookies with Mrs. Claus

Santa may be the focus of a lot of attention during Christmas time, but we all know how important Mrs. Claus is to a successful holiday. Thirty children had the opportunity to talk to Mrs. Claus, have their picture taken, create simple crafts, and decorate delicious cookies.  Mrs. Claus even went home with a few plates of decorated cookies to give to Santa!  Sugar cookies and accompanying decorating supplies like frosting, sprinkles and candies were provided along with hot chocolate, candy canes and more.  This event has become a family tradition with some kids having attended this event for five years!  
Cookies with Mrs. Claus

Eagle Scout Project in Pioneer Park

Eagle Scout Josiah Maier chose the rose garden at the Pioneer Park Veterans’ Memorial for his Eagle Scout project. Josiah’s project included installing concrete blocks for curbing to expand and enhance the rose garden as well as an automated irrigation drip system at the request of the Puyallup Rose Society. The Puyallup Rose Society has agreed to take over the care of the existing roses and to plant new “Glory” roses in February to honor Veterans. This project will be a wonderful enhancement to the Veterans’ Memorial and Seabrook Rose Garden. 
Scout Project

Activity Center Annual Christmas Party

The Activity Center hosted its annual Christmas party at the Pioneer Park Pavilion on December 12th wherein approximately 300 people full of holiday spirit enjoyed the festivities. Entertainment was provided by Ferrucci Jr. High School’s fabulous orchestra, choir and band under the guidance of their very talented director, Bob Rink.  As tradition, lunch was served, and desserts were donated by Brookdale at the Courtyard, Brookdale South and Brookdale Puyallup. Other highlights included a variety of raffle prizes donated from various Senior Center participants. The annual Christmas party is always a wonderful celebration that is made possible by the contributions of numerous volunteers, community groups, and charitable individuals. 

Proposed New Development

Over the past month, City Development Review staff have held pre-application meetings with the proponents of the following potential new development projects: 

  • Reconstruction and potential expansion of a professional office building (aka “Orthodontics Excellence”) at 903 40th Avenue SW.  That medical building was heavily damaged in a recent structural fire and has been unoccupied since. The existing site access and parking lot would remain as now exists, with a possible parking lot expansion onto an adjacent parcel.     
  • A feasibility review for a possible new hotel on the South Hill Mall site. As proposed, this new multi-story hotel would house 117 units within an approximate 136,000 square foot building. The project includes accessory parking lot and site revisions. 

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

On December 9th, the Activity Center coordinated an excursion to the wonderful Tacoma Musical Playhouse.  Seniors were treated to a beloved classic based on the timeless film of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”  The Tacoma Musical Playhouse is always a favorite among our participants, and the play got everyone in the holiday spirit as it followed singing sisters en route to their show at a Vermont lodge around Christmas time during World War II.  The group was especially captivated at the end of the play when it “snowed” over the audience.  

2018 Permitting Stats

The City had another busy year processing permits for new construction.   Some key statistics for 2018 include:  

  • Total building permits issued in 2018:  1,079.   Average annual number of building permits issued in the prior five years:  983.    
  • Total construction permits (including building, civil, fire, etc.) issued in 2018:  1,887.   Average annual number of permits issued in prior five years:  1,659.
  • Cumulative valuation of all building permits issued (citywide) in 2018:  $188.6 million.  Average annual cumulative valuation of building permits issued in the prior five years: $99.8 million. 
  • # of new single-family residences permitted in 2018:  95. 
  • # of on-line permits issued in 2018:  390.
  • Total sign permits issued in 2018:  62.

The Old Goat Farm

The Activity Center sponsored a trip to the Old Goat Farm on December 19th.  The property’s beautiful Victorian farmhouse lends itself well to being decorated for the holiday season. Owners Gary Waller and Greg Graves have a passion for the holiday (and that is putting it mildly!). Every room—including the bathrooms and hallways--has a tree and different theme. There are usually 14-17 trees in the house and at least half a dozen more outside. Seniors enjoyed all the farm’s animals including goats, chickens and peacocks. In addition to the wonderful décor, the participants were overwhelmed by the homemade selection of holiday desserts and hot beverages of choice.
Goat Farm

Free Pancake Breakfast 

On December 8th, the Activity Center hosted a Pancake Breakfast for community seniors. Service Clubs of Puyallup, inclusive of Puyallup Kiwanis, Rotary Club of Puyallup, Altrusa International of Puyallup Valley, Puyallup Freemasons and the Puyallup Lions Club, donated their time and provided plenty of volunteers to prepare and serve breakfast. The free December breakfast is a great tradition that provides an avenue for our sponsors to say “Thank you” and show their appreciation to our seniors for making our community a better place to live.